Vaccinations: You're Never Too Old
February 14, 2016
We all remember our moms dragging us off to the doctor to get our vaccinations. But the fact is, vaccinations aren’t just for kids. We need them all through our adult lives. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast family medicine expert Dr. Ryan Menard discusses and answers questions about adult vaccinations.
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- Other than the obvious -- our annual flu shot -- what are the other vaccinations that an adult should have?
- Talk to us about the Tdap vaccine (Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) . What does it do, when do we need it and are there side effects?
- Is the pneumococcal vaccine the same as the pneumonia vaccine?
- Why should adults get a pneumococcal vaccine and does it really work?
- We probably all know someone who has gotten a really painful case of Shingles. Tell us about the who, what and when of the Shingles vaccine.
- What is the MMR vaccine and why do adults born after 1957 need to be vaccinated?
- How serious are the risks for adults who don't get their flu, Tdap, Shingles or pneumococcal vaccines?
- Are there any other vaccinations for adults that we need to know about?
- There are numerous articles and sites on the internet that warn of potential bad consequences to being vaccinated. Should we be concerned about these supposed bad consequences?
- Are vaccinations the victims of their own success? Has widespread vaccination been so successful in stopping disease that we can now incorrectly imagine that vaccination is no longer necessary?
- Are there any new vaccines on the horizon?